Well, I think it's pretty safe to say warmer weather is upon us out here in Bismarck, North Dakota? Didn't it seem like yesterday when the forecast said there was a chance of light snow mixed with possible rain showers? Today is Friday, June 4th, and we could be looking at 103 degrees - record temps possible over this upcoming weekend. Just the other day here at our radio station, we were talking about people actually leaving a young child or an animal in the backseat, while they went into the store to get something real quick. Some claimed they "just plain forgot" - I found that extremely unbelievable. How can your mind draw a blank like that?

When that situation takes place on a HOT weekend afternoon, there have been reported actions of people in the parking lot who take it upon themselves to break a window. It only takes minutes for bad things to happen. Weather.gov tells us  "The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour.  This can cause hyperthermia (heatstroke) in literally a matter of minutes"

Now, are the window breakers guilty of breaking a law? I WOULD have easily guessed that a citizen would be protected from any wrongdoing of DOING the right thing. Here is what aldf.org says "Fourteen states have “Good Samaritan” laws which grant civil immunity for civilians rescuing an animal from an unattended vehicle under certain circumstances."  North Dakota is at the lowest tier when it comes to your rights according to the '2020 U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings' provided by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. 

Personally, if I saw a child or animal clearly suffering, no signs of the owner anywhere, I wouldn't hesitate a split-second to break that window any way I could. What do you think?


 

 

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